Michigan vs. Rutgers live stream, watch online, TV channel, kickoff time, football game odds, prediction

No. 5 Michigan has jumped out to a perfect 8-0 record so far this season and has a chance to keep it alive when it visits Rutgers on Saturday. The Wolverines will be able to flex some muscle against a Scarlet Knights team that has lost four of its last five games.

When the first College Football Playoff rankings came out, Michigan fell outside the top four despite blowing out most of its opponents. The Wolverines can pick up some big wins on the road, but this could be an opportunity for style points. Michigan’s defense ranks second in the Big Ten in total defense and Rutgers’ offense ranks 13th in total yards. On paper, this looks like a huge mismatch.

The Scarlet Knights started the season 3-0, but they improved to 4-1. Their most recent loss, a 31-0 blowout to Minnesota, was particularly troubling. If Rutgers is going to win this game, it’s probably going to have to screw things up and make it ugly. And while the Scarlet Knights’ offense has been sluggish all season, its defense has been more respectable. Coach Greg Schiano will lean on that side of the ball as he settles for an upset.

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Continue reading below for more information on how to watch this Big Ten East battle.

How to watch Michigan vs. Rutgers live

Date: Saturday, November 5 | The time: 7:30 a.m. ET
Location: SHI Stadium — Piscataway, New Jersey
TV: Big Ten Network | Live stream: fuboTV (try it for free)

Three players must watch

Blake Corum, Michigan RB: For all the talk about Heisman Trophy favorites CJ Stroud and Hendon Hooker, Corum is in that conversation, too. His 1,078 yards rushing is second in the Big Ten and he has found the end zone a total of 15 times. Rutgers’ defense hasn’t been bad this season, but Corum is able to find the end zone a few times, giving him some key issues.

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Aaron Lewis, Rutgers DL: Lewis actually enrolled at Michigan in January 2020, but he transferred to Rutgers later that year to be closer to home. This season, Lewis has a team-leading 6.5 tackles for loss. If Rutgers is going to keep this game tight, Lewis will need to play a role in slowing down Corum.

Mike Morris, Michigan EDGE: All Morris has done this season is wreak havoc in the backfield. He leads the Wolverines with 9.0 and 5.5 sacks for loss. The Scarlet Knights allowed three tackles for loss and one sack against Minnesota, and they’ll have their hands full when Morris steps up to Michigan’s sideline on Saturday.

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Michigan vs. The Rutgers Assumption

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The Wolverines have won seven games in a row against the Scarlet Knights, but the last two wins have come by a combined 13 points. Even against a Michigan team that won the Big Ten last year, Rutgers found a way to make it ugly and keep it close. The big question here is whether the Scarlet Knights can drag the Wolverines back into the mud. With Michigan ranked No. 5 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, there will be plenty of motivation and juice in Piscataway. Prediction: Michigan -26


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